There is little doubt that the world around us is changing. Christian hegemony, a privilege that believers in the West have enjoyed for roughly 1700 years, has expired. At best, Christians are seen as practitioners of mythological fairy tale rituals, relics of the old world that will die off with time, like making sacrifices to Zeus or practicing black magic. At worst, we are seen as enemies of the new and inevitable progressive society and state, bigoted and multi-phobic and clinging to the remnants of our power which we have abused for too long. The sooner we are silenced the better. I’m inclined to believe that the former mindset is rapidly being replaced by the latter.
This is nothing to be concerned about. Christianity is not reliant on power, privilege, or prestige. Our faith was born under the boot of Roman imperialism and in our infant years we thrived during persecution, imprisonment, and martyrdom. Christian control of the Empire would be an unexpected surprise to the founders of our faith. The waning of Christian power and the world’s descent back into darkness should come as no surprise to anyone with even a loose interpretation of the book of Revelation. Things were always meant to get worse before they got better.
Despite all of this, our mission as commanded by Christ in Matthew 28 remains the same:
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
The question then becomes how exactly do we accomplish this in the new world in which we find ourselves? How do we react to these changes and how do we exist as believers in a world that is hostile to that very existence?
The answers to these and other questions are what we wish to explore in The Christian War Journal.